Building State Capability: PDIA in Action

When asked to name a problem, people often name a solution (i.e. the lack of a solution). This leads to designing typical, business as usual type of interventions without addressing the actual problem. In this video, Lant Pritchett, uses an education example to illustrate the difference between problems and solutions.

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The Building State Capability (BSC) program at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University researches new strategies and tactics to build the capability of public organizations to execute and implement. We are exploring the potential…


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The Building State Capability (BSC) program at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University researches new strategies and tactics to build the capability of public organizations to execute and implement. We are exploring the potential of a Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach which rests on 4 core principles: local solutions for local Problems; pushing problem Driven positive deviance; try, learn, Iterate, Adapt; and scale through diffusion. This video series highlights the key elements of our approach.

 

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